Victorian Certificate of Applied Learning

Year 12 VCAL Visit to Antonine College

Last week our Year 12 VCAL students travelled to Antonine College in Pascoe Vale and Coburg where they received a very warm welcome.  Antonine College is a Maronite Catholic co-educational Foundation- Year 12 school. It is part of the Eastern Orthodox Catholic Church, run by the  Antonine  Sisters, who came from Lebanon in the 1980s to minister to the Christian Lebanese and Maronite community in Australia. Our students were shown around Antonine Senior Campus by a group of Year 12 students. When we sat down and shared information about our lifestyles, our students were surprised to find out how strong the Antonine community is.  Antonine students have known each other since kindergarten, attend church every Sunday and visit family in Lebanon on a regular basis. Parents operate the canteen and we were treated to a scrumptious Lebanese lunch before leaving for a tour of the primary school, and the local Maronite church. It was difficult not to feel privileged to experience the warmth and cohesiveness of this Maronite community.

The purpose of our visit to Antonine College was to broaden our students’ awareness of cultural differences and gather information needed to plan and organise a return visit to Padua College. This Sister School Project satisfies a number of Learning Outcomes for Personal Development Skills Unit 1. In organising this SSP, students will also be able to demonstrate competency for Numeracy  (budgeting, mapping etc) and Literacy (Letter writing, proposal presentations).

Padua College VCAL Year 12 students with Antonine College Principal:

Sister Daad El-Azzi, AS (Front left) , Deputy Principal Mr Abraham Diab (Second Row Left)

Katrina Greenwood
VCAL PDS Teacher